Free Events and Programs
Our expert librarians have curated a wide array of fun, thought-provoking, and inspiring books for all ages to read this summer! Check out these books for adults, including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and libros en español! Many are also available in accessible formats.
Join us for free events at The New York Public Library’s premier cultural series. Enjoy free events, conversations, and performances featuring the best writers, artists, and thinkers—as well as our monthly rooftop happy hours! Check out listings for events at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), and Bryant Park in Manhattan, and online.
The New York Public Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at three of its research library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—as well as community showcases at branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Explore our exhibitions, including the landmark Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures, which showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in our collections.
Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass! If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city this summer.
Looking for some summer fun? Download and print a crossword, maze, and adult coloring sheets featuring images from the Library’s Digital Collections!
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E-Books & Audiobooks
Tell us what you like to read and we’ll handpick a personalized book bundle just for you! Get Shelf Help in open branches, online, or by calling Ask NYPL on 917-ASK-NYPL.
Discover oceans of possibility at The New York Public Library this summer with free events and programs for all ages, book giveaways, our all-new Make Waves program for kids and teens, reading recommendations, and much more!
The Book Giveaway is supported in part by a generous grant from the Gray Foundation.
Major support provided by the New York Life Foundation, the 2022 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading and Learning Programs.
Additional support is provided by The Rona Jaffe Foundation; New York Yankees Foundation; anonymous donors; and the continuing major support of the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Family Endowment for Young Audiences.
Major support for educational programming is provided by Merryl H. and James S. Tisch.